The ATX Music Office is an economic development accelerator and centralized resource center for Austin’s music industry, and an active community partner for Austin’s citizens, community groups, and neighborhoods.
The ATX Music Office is highly engaged in developing and executing initiatives that help accelerate the growth of the music industry infrastructure by focusing on job creation, talent export, trade development, and industry revenue growth.
We operate with a full time staff of seven people. Some of our initiatives are operated by Division staff, however we also partner with both private industry and nonprofit entities, which allows the City to extend its reach and amplify the impact of its annual budget dollars. This public-private partner model has had substantial success in creating tangible and measurable economic development benefits for the entertainment industries and the community.
ATX Music has also organically developed an important role for the Austin music industry by facilitating introductions, communication, and shaping discussions between music business operators who may not otherwise have knowledge of each other, resulting in new business and connections.
Regulatory Advisor for Industry and Community
In addition to its economic development role, ATX Music Office regularly assists outdoor live music venues with the City-required permit process, and works closely with both large and small festivals on issues related to temporary event permits and other requested City resources for holding those events.
We also help to mediate agreements between neighborhood groups and permitted outdoor music venues to find equitable, win-win solutions and compromises related to outdoor music issues. In this capacity, the ATX Music Office serves both the music industry and Austin’s citizens as an effective, approachable ally to help address the increasing pressures from various stakeholders related to the music industry and Austin’s rapid population growth in the downtown corridor, and those incumbent difficulties.
ATX Music serves as the staff liaison to the Austin Music Commission. The Music Commission advises city council on music development issues. Duties are advisory and include: studying the development of the music industry, assisting in the implementation of programs to meet the needs created by the development of the industry; and review matters that may affect the music industry in Austin.